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God's music, a christianly death: for death in the Old Testament was a commination, but in the New Testament death is a promise: when there was a superdying, a death upon the death, a morte upon the morieris, a spiritual death after the bodily, then we died according to God's threatening; now, when by the Gospel that second death is taken off, though we die still, yet we die according to his promise. That is a part of his mercy and his promise which his apostle gives us from him, that we shall all be changed70 / for after that promise, that change, follows that triumphant acclamation, O death, where w thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory11? Consider us fallen in Adam, and we are miserable that we must die; but consider us restored and redintegrated in Christ, we were more miserable if we might not die: we lost the earthly paradise by death then, but we get not heaven but by death now. This she expected till it came, and embraced it when it came. How may we think she was joyed to see that face that angels delight to look upon, the face of her Saviour, that did not abhor the face of his fearfullest messenger, death I She showed no fear of his face in any change of her own, but died without any change of countenance or posture, without any struggling, any disorder; but her death-bed was as quiet as her grave. To another Magdalen Christ said upon earth, Touch me not, for I am not ascended. Being ascended now to his glory, and she being gone up to him, after she had awaited his leisure so many years as that more would soon have grown to be vexation and sorrow; as her last words here were, I submit my will to the will of God, so we doubt not but the first word which she heard there was that Euge from her
7° 1 Cor. xv. 81. "1 Cor. xv. 55.
Saviour, Well done, good and faithful servant; enter into thy Master' s joy.
She expected that, dissolution of body and soul, and rest in both from the incumbrances and temptations of this world. But yet she is in expectation still, still a reversionary, and a reversionary upon a long life; the whole world must die before she come to a possession of this reversion, which is a glorified body in the resurrection: in which expectation she returns to her former charity; she will not have that till all we shall have it as well as she; she eat not her morsels alone in her life72 (as Job speaks), she looks not for the glory of the resurrection alone after her death. But when all we shall have been mellowed in the earth many years, or changed in the air in the twinkling of an eye (God knows which), that body upon which you tread now, that body which now, whilst I speak, is mouldering and crumbling into less and less dust, and so hath some motion, though no life; that body which was the tabernacle of a holy soul, and a temple of the Holy Ghost; that body that was eyes to the blind, and hands and feet to the lame, whilst it lived, and being dead is so still, by having been so lively an example to teach others to be so, that body at last shall have her last expectation satisfied, and dwell bodily with that righteousness in these new heavens and new earth, for ever, and ever, and ever, and infinite and super-infinite evers. We end all with the valediction of the spouse to Christ: His left hand is under my head, and his right embraces me", was the spouse's valediction, and good night to Christ then, when she laid herself down to sleep in the strength of his mandrakes, and in the power of his spices, as it is expressed there; that is, in the influence of his mercies. Beloved, every good soul is the "Job, xxxi. 17. « Cant. viii. 3.
spouse of Christ: and this good soul, being thus laid down to sleep in his peace, his left hand under her head, gathering, and composing, and preserving her dust, for future glory, his right hand embracing her, assuming and establishing her soul in present glory, in his name, and in her behalf, I say that to all you, which Christ says there in the behalf of that spouse, Adjuro vos, I adjure you, I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye wake her not till she please1*. The words are directed to the daughters rather than to the sons of Jerusalem, because, for the most part, the aspersions that women receive, either in moral or religious actions, proceed from women themselves. Therefore, Adjuro vos, I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, wake her not. Wake her not with any half calumnies, with any whisperings; but if you will wake her, wake her, and keep her awake, with an active imitation of her moral and her holy virtues; that so her example working upon you, and the number of God's saints being the sooner by this blessed example fulfilled, we may all meet, and meet quickly, in that kingdom which hers and our Saviour hath purchased for us all with the inestimable price of his incorruptible blood. To which glorious Son of God, &c.
74 Cant. viii. 4.
OR, A CONSOLATION TO THE SOUL AGAINST
THE DYING LIFE AND LIVING DEATH
OF THE BODY.
DELIVERED IN A SERMON AT WHITEHALL, BEFORE
THE KING'S MAJESTY, IN THE BEGINNING
OF LENT, 1630.
BY THAT LATE LEARNED AND REVEREND DIVINE,
JOHN DONNE, DR. IN DIVINITY, AND DEAN
OF ST. PAUL'S, LONDON.
BEING HIS LAST SERMON, AND CALLED BY HIS MAJESTY'S HOUSEHOLD, THE DOCTOR'S OWN FUNERAL SERMON.